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K2 AMP Rictor WITHOUT bindings?

post #1 of 4
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I'm looking to take advantage of some of the Black Friday sales and the K2 AMP Rictor caught my eye.  I demoed the AMP Impact last year and really enjoyed them, so I thought the Rictor would be a good choice as well.

 

The place I am looking to buy from has a large supply of the Rictor they are selling without bindings.  I'm a little suspicious they have such a large supply of last year's model.  Every K2 model I've seen (including the Rictor) has come with the Marker MX 12.0 binding system.  The site doesn't say as much (an email to customer service has been sent), but I'm worried that the MX 12.0 is the only binding compatible with the Rictor.  Is this the case? 

 

If not, is there any disadvantage to purchasing the Rictor without bindings and mounting an aftermarket model (I would still probably go with Marker)?

 

Thanks in advance,

post #2 of 4
K2 bundles Marker bindings with their skis because k2 and marker are part of the same company. For the rictor, the ski is sold in both flat (no binding) and "system" binding variants. As long as you are buying the flat version you can mount pretty much any binding. If you are being sold the system version that is not including the bindings, you would need to find the marker system binding setup that goes with the ski.

Mounting a flat ski has benefits, less weight, less stack height. But it can cost more and you lose the adjustability that a system binding has to accommodate different boot sizes.
post #3 of 4

Many shops will charge a relatively substantial mounting fee (which may seem large when compared to your discounted skis) if you don't buy both ski/binding from them.  So mounting fees due need to be considered.  

 

Sometimes they will discount if you at least buy the binding from them; sometimes you need to buy both components to get a discount.  It is a good idea to buy what the shop recommends as mounting the binding they are familiar with will reduce oopsies.

post #4 of 4
Any good shop can and will mount pretty much any binding correctly.
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